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New York’s first program designed to diversify the state’s physician workforce is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

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Erie County, which is working in partnership with several stakeholders in a continued effort to combat opioid addiction, received a grant from the Tower Foundation to help fund the fight.

Making the Medical Campus more pedestrian-friendly

Oct 20, 2015

Making your way around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will get easier as the result of a $15 million state grant that will make the growing corridor more pedestrian-friendly.

American Cancer Society Hosts Breast Cancer Walk

Oct 17, 2015

If you were downtown Saturday morning, you may have noticed a sea of people dressed in pink and ready to take action.   The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk was held at Canalside.

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It has been a little over a year and a half since Erie County Medical Center appointed Richard Cleland as its Chief Executive Officer. He joined WBFO at the end of August to reflect on his role and talk about what lies ahead for the hospital, the healthcare industry, and the city of Buffalo.

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Buffalo's primary airport is constructing a lactation room for traveling, nursing mothers. The announcement comes after legislation was recently introduced in the state legislature by Buffalo senator Tim Kennedy that would require large New York airports to offer such rooms.

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The widow of the late Buffalo Bills founder Ralph Wilson was at Roswell Park Cancer Institute Thursday morning, presenting a gift of $4.2 million to support the center's quality-of-life services.

Horizon Corporation hosts wellness walk

Sep 27, 2015
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On Sunday morning Horizon Corporation hosted "A Walk towards a new Horizon".

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Prostate cancer affects many men, but some Western new Yorkers may be more at risk than others.

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This weekend, Buffalo’s McCarthy Park will be home to a celebration of individuals recovering from substance abuse. With that in mind, WBFO spoke with one such person to try and see the issue of addiction through her eyes.

Mother's tragic loss underscores grip of addiction

Sep 8, 2015

Heroin and other opiates have become a growing problem across Western New York, with an ever-increasing number of deaths being attributed to overdoses.  In the first of a three-part series on addiction, WBFO's Cheryl Hagen shares one mother's tragic story.

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Albany is still pushing to close the Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca while supporters of the center are still pushing back.

Author Oliver Sacks dies at age 82

Aug 30, 2015

Neurologists and best-selling author Oliver Sacks has died .

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There’s a special room now open to cancer patients at the Erie County Medical Center. It offers hope and care to young adults dealing with a life-threatening diagnosis.

Major airports across New York, including Buffalo Niagara International, would have to provide space for breastfeeding moms under a proposed law that was unveiled Tuesday. A study shows only eight percent of airports across the nation have lactation rooms.

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Mercy Flight is taking more precautions regarding the region's weather by establishing a new hangar in Springville.

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The University at Buffalo has received a prestigious recognition from the National Institutes of Health, a four-year $16 million Clinical Translational Science Award.

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New York is playing it safe when it comes to the bird flu. Poultry exhibits have been banned from all state fairs, including the Erie County Fair.

Red Cross nearing shortage on certain blood types

Aug 6, 2015

The American Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, but not without significant help from communities.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there’s the equivalent of one bottle of prescription painkillers for every adult American. Meanwhile, 46 people a day die from an overdose of those same painkillers. That’s why New York State is trying to curb the problem of overprescribing.

New York State continues to make strides towards authorizing cannabis for medical treatment. Many are jumping on the medical marijuana industry band wagon.

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Among the individuals and families strolling through Delaware Park in Buffalo today were some who were there to raise awareness of breastfeeding and its benefits for both baby and mother.

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Some members of Congress want Canada to require makers of the painkiller oxycodone to use the same kind used in the United States, which is more difficult to use illegally.


You may have recently started to hear the term “mental health parity.” It refers to federal and state requirements for insurers to cover mental health and addiction treatment as they would any other medical condition. Insurers haven’t always complied. As Michelle Faust reports, state lawmakers' recent actions intend to take hurdles from insurance out of the long path to recovery from addiction.

The surge in opiate drug overdoses has persuaded an alliance of health care agencies and insurers to revive the PainKillers Kill public awareness campaign.

Buffalo's Roswell Park Cancer Institute has again been named one of the country's best cancer hospitals. A new ranking from U.S News and World Report ranks Roswell #43 in the nation, up from #50 last year.

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Following a recent 24-hour period during which rescuers in the City of Buffalo handled at least 10 heroin and other opioid overdose cases, the head of one local treatment center is asking: where's the public outrage?

Michelle Faust

Deaths from drug overdose have outpaced automobile accidents as the leading cause of injury in 35 states, including New York. But the state is making strides to curtail that trend. Physicians are integral to treating addiction, but the country has a shortage of doctors with training in the specialty.

Over 1 million more New Yorkers on Medicaid

Jul 19, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York has added 1.1 million people to Medicaid since the state health exchange opened last year in the national effort to connect the uninsured with low-cost coverage.

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Evergreen Health Services is ready to undergo a major expansion in Buffalo.  A groundbreaking was held Wednesday morning outside the downtown headquarters on South Elmwood Avenue.